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 Balthazar Nicklaus

Balthazar Nicklaus

Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 14 Nov 1900 (aged 69)
Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa, USA
Burial Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 82174133 · View Source
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Age 69y 7m 21d

Swinefort, Bavaria / Üchtelhausen, Bavaria, Germany

01) Balhlser
02) Balser......... (1860 Census)
03) Balth...........(Deutschland passenger list)
04) Balthasar....(Immigration, naturalization)
05) Balthaser
06) Balthazaar
07) Balthazar....(Anglicized)
08) Baltheser
09) Balthsaar
10) Baltser......(1880 Census)
11) Baltzer
12) Balzaar
13) Balzer.......(1870 Census)
14) Bolser.......(Obituary)
15) Boltzer

01) Nichlaus..(1883 Butler Cty IA History)
02) Nicholas
03) Nichols...(1860 Census)
04) Nicklaus..(Obituary; 1870 & 1880 Census)
05) Nicklous..(1885 Census)
06) Niclaus...(Birth name)
07) Nicolaus..(Ship passenger list)
08) Nicols
09) Nikelaus
10) Niklaus


1793-1854 Niclaus, Balthasar
1796-1862 Bohner, Maria Anna


Ship: Deutschland
Age 28y 3m 28d

Balthasar Nicklaus and Margaretha Schmitt, not yet married, emigrated from their home village of Üchtelhausen, in northwest Bavaria in 1859.

Sailing from Hamburg, Germany on June 1, they arrived in New York aboard the Ship Deutschland on July 13, 1859. They apparently married soon after arriving and had their first child while in New York.

Balthazaar and Margaretha lived in Scales Mound, Guilford Twnshp, Jo Daviess, IL by the time of the June 1860 census


MARRIAGE-1: 1859
1838–1872 Schmitt, Margaretha
.................. AKA Smith, Maggie

1) 1859-____ Nicklaus, Dorothea
2) 1863-1936 Nicklaus, Peter
3) 1866-1936 Nicklaus, George
4) 1868-1930 Nicklaus, Anna Marie (Sophia)
5) 1871-1926 Nicklaus, Joseph John


Age 38y 11m 7d

Balthasar Nicklaus filed his intention to become a citizen of the United States on 22 November 1867 in Jo Daviess Co. Circuit court. In it, he states he immigrated in June of 1859 from Hamburg to New York. He was age 36 at the time of the filing. On Feb. 22, 1870, the Jo Daviess County (Illinois) court declared him a naturalized citizen.


MARRIAGE - 2: Between 1872-1875
1838–1900 Klaus, Maria Elizabeth
AKA Mary, Mrs. Michael Schmerbauch, (Schmerbach, Smearbauch, Smearbaugh)

CHILDREN: From Maria's 1st Marriage
1) 1843-1920 Schmerbauch, Veronika
2) 1845-1929 Schmerbauch, Anton
3) 1858-1910 Schmerbauch, Werner
4) 1859-1906 Schmerbauch, Christian *
5) 1862-____ Schmerbauch, Catharina *

* 1880 CENSUS
Age 21 - Schmerbauch, Christian
Age 17 - Schmerbauch, Catherine (Kate)


OBITUARY - 1: Nov. 15, 1900
Parkersburg, IA Eclipse
& New Hartford Journal

Died from Asphyxiation

Escaping gas from a hard coal stove caused the death of Bolser Nicklaus sometime during Tuesday night or early yesterday forenoon, and nearly killed his wife.

The stove had been started during Tuesday, and when Mr. and Mrs. Nicklaus retired that night, everything seemed to be running as usual. At about 11 o'clock yesterday, Mrs. O.C. Foughty went into the house and saw that the old couple were lying on the bed apparently sleeping, and she went out without disturbing them. However, she noticed a peculiar smell in the house, but at the time, thought nothing of it.

Shortly afterwards Carl Nicklaus went to the house and also thought they were yet sleeping and sat down to wait. After a little time, however, he went into the bedroom to awaken them and made the startling discovery that his brother was dead and his wife was just breathing. Aid was summoned and all that medical skill could do was done, but Mr. Nicklaus had been dead some time. His wife will recover, although her life was dispaired of for a long time. Mr. Nicklaus' funeral will take place tomorrow at ten o'clock from the Catholic church, the interment being in the Catholic cemetery south of town.

OBITUARY - 2: Nov 29, 1900
Parkersburg, Iowa Eclipse

Bolser Nicklaus, the subject of this sketch, was born in Germany, March 15, 1831, where he grew to manhood. In 1856 he emigrated to America and settled near Galena, Illinois. He was married before leaving the old country, in 1855, to Maggie Smith. From Illinois, where he rented land, he moved to Butler County in 1874, and bought a farm on section 10, Monroe township. At the time of his death, he was owner of one of the largest farms in this section of country. His wife survives him, and also four of their children, Peter, George, Joseph, and Annie.


Butler County, Iowa
Death record,
Years 1896-1904

page 143

Name: Nicklaus, Baltheser
Sex: Male
Age: 69 years, 4 months, 1 day
Occupation: farmer
Date of death: Nov. 14, 1900
Marital Status: Married
Born: Germany
Died: Parkersburg, Butler, IA
Cause of death: coal gas
Buried in the Catholic cemetery.


~~~~~~ RESEARCH courtesy of ~~~~~~
Dennis Nicklaus & family

RELATIONSHIP: J Martin & Dale E Rewerts
This was my husbands (maternal) 2nd Great Grandfather.

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  • Originally Created by: J Martin
  • Added: 19 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82174133
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Balthazar Nicklaus (15 Mar 1831–14 Nov 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82174133, citing Saint Patricks Catholic Cemetery, Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .